November 4 - 26, 2023
From Wally Workman Gallery:
“On Saturday, November 4th, Wally Workman Gallery will present a solo show by renowned artist Malcolm Bucknall. Bucknall’s absurdist surrealism muddles Old Masters with tid-bits of cartoons, films, home photography and many other fascinations to create his anthropomorphic creatures. Bucknall feels that our observation of animals, as with art, is from the outside. In them we see predator devour prey, lovers join with unembarrassed abandon; we see birth, nurturing, the feathering of nests, death—all at a remove from ourselves yet mirroring our own deepest libidinous instincts, hopes and fears. Human-animal imagery has been a constant in art, folklore, religion, daydreams, and masquerade. It takes us quickly and easily to what is deep and difficult in ourselves. Bucknall aims directly at this sweet spot, a concoction of visual imagery that sums up common experience—love, fear, gawkiness, triumphalism, self-recognition.
Born in Twickenham, England, in 1935, Bucknall’s early interest in art led him at 18 to India and Santiniketan, the Ashram of Rabindranath Tagore, then to Chelsea Art School, London, the University of Texas (BFA), and the University of Washington (MFA). This rolling stone foundation settled into a fixed career as a professional artist that has continued since 1963. He has shown widely and has work in many public and notable private collections. Bucknall’s images have worldwide exposure through music releases of groups like Nirvana and Jesus Lizard, and extravaganzas such as Lollapalooza. In addition, his work has been displayed in more sedate venues such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Houston Grand Opera. He has had gallery affiliations in New York City, Seattle, New Orleans, Taos, Austin, Dallas and Houston.
Established in 1980 and located in a 120 year old historic house, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent.”
On View: November 4, 2023 | 12–5 pm
1202 West 6th Street
Austin, 78703 TX
(512) 472-7428Get directions